DECATUR — Creating community was a driving force in the life of Marty Weicker, bringing people together for fun and celebration. A burger was never just a burger with Marty. A good burger inspired her to organize a van full of EdenHill Communities Seniors in a month-long search throughout New Braunfels to find the city’s Best Burger. This effort required serious eating and the use of ballots.
A trip to pick up dry cleaning could develop into an event complete with a train ride around Landa Park that, in her words, “Could make you feel like you’re in a whole new world.”
Martha Kuhns Weicker, born in 1920 in Decatur, IL was a joy bringer. She declared just a few days before death that her 93 years was a “great century.” She intentionally spoke words of farewell and the angels cooperated on August 23, 2013 with a departure full of kindness. Those angels include all the devoted staff at EdenHill Communities where Martha had lived since 2000 after moving in 1988 to New Braunfels from Arlington, Texas.
She began her career as a journalist in Decatur, Illinois at the Herald and Review where she met her husband, Dick Weicker. In 1950 they moved to Arlington, Texas with their two daughters, Helen and Gretchen, in order to build the Arlington Citizen-Journal newspaper. She became an award-winning kindergarten teacher in Arlington for three decades.
She is survived by her brother, George Kuhns and his wife, Pat of Decatur, Ill.; two daughters, Gretchen Weicker of New Braunfels, TX, Helen Weicker and husband David Hamill, Austin, TX; Grandsons Richard Bullock of Richmond, VA; Ben Hamill, wife Sara and Joe Hamill, all of Austin, TX. Two great grandsons, Liam Hamill, Austin, TX and Anakin Bullock, Richmond, VA as well as a large community of nieces, nephews, and cousins, also survive her.
Along with her dearest friend Don Green, the EdenHill villagers will miss her and gratefully continue loving margarita runs, movie nights, theatre outings, museum visits, trips, events originally created by her and now a staffing division of the entire facility.
A memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Employee Education Fund of EdenHill Communities or the charity of your choice in Marty’s memory would be appreciated.
Obituary written by family members.